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"Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts
when you have forgotten your aim."
-- George Santayana,
"The Life of Reason"

AG Jeff Sessions and his sidekick Steven Cook are refusing to let science stand in the way of incarceration. Sessions is creating a non-justice department by excluding the National Commission on Forensic Science, an agency funded to enable independent scientists to study and counter forensic laboratory methods or problems that might lead to false criminal convictions:

“The reliance of law enforcement on questionable science and the overstatement of the reliability of that science has been a leading cause of the wrongful conviction of innocent people,” said National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) president Barry Pollack on Monday. “The reason the National Commission on Forensic Science has been so important is that it includes leading independent scientists, allowing an unbiased expert evaluation of which techniques are scientifically valid and which are not. NACDL is terribly disappointed that even while acknowledging the crucial role played by the National Commission on Forensic Science, the Attorney General has chosen to disband it.”

"By far the most numerous and most flagrant violations of personal liberty and individual rights are performed by governments ... The major crimes throughout history, the ones executed on the largest scale, have been committed not by individuals or bands of individuals but by governments, as a deliberate policy of those governments ... that is, by the official representatives of governments, acting in their official capacity."
--John Hospers

How can reducing incarceration make communities safer?

If we want to get serious about public safety in America, we need to reduce incarceration and criminalization.

This Wednesday at 9am PT/12pm ET, the Law Enforcement Action Partnership will host a Facebook Live event addressing why America's prison population has ballooned from less than half a million in 1980 to over 2.2 million today, and how sensible changes to criminal statutes can reduce that number significantly - making our communities safer in the process.

Join the discussion at on Wednesay, April 12, at 9am PT/12pm ET to learn and plan for action together!

In solidarity,

Major Neill Franklin (Ret.)
Executive Director

The difference between a policy and a crusade is that a policy is judged by its results, while a crusade is judged by how good it makes its crusaders feel.
-- Thomas Sowell

The Big Picture 4-7-17 Trump's Syria U-Turn
with Dr. Stuart Titus

Sam discusses marijuana legalization and Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement to review marijuana policies with Dr. Stuart Titus of Medical Marijuana, Inc.

We envision a future where cannabis and hemp have become a cornerstone of society. A future where hemp is a staple in diets, and cannabinoids are the source of medicines that are used to conquer some of the most debilitating diseases in the world. Hemp will be one of the most abundant crops in the world, from mass agriculture in the United States to community farming that sustains the developing world. Through cannabis, our people and our planet will achieve a healthier existence.
Dr. Stuart Titus, Chief Executive Officer of Medical Marijuana, Inc


Steven H. Cook is absolutely convinced drugs and violence are inseparable, that extreme measures targeting drug offenders work to reduce violent crime. His approach to drug crimes makes him resemble an apostle of Bill Bennett and Bennett’s superpredator meme:

Cook, a former police officer, has worked for 30 years as a prosecutor. He currently is chief of the criminal division of the U.S. attorney’s office in Knoxville. But he has taken vacation time to lobby against sentencing reform measures backed by his boss, President Barack Obama.[…]

He calls a “myth” the idea that most offenders in federal prisons are nonviolent drug pushers and says racial bias plays no role in who gets federally prosecuted.[…]

Like Antonin Scalia, Steven Cook is a member of the Federalist Society, an organization whose legal philosophy is unabashedly fixated on Scalia’s originalism: …it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.

Other Supreme Court Federalist members include Thomas, Alito, Roberts, and Neil Gorsuch, who some say “Was Hatched in a Federalist Society Lab”.

Federalists and assistant federal prosecutors are attracted to drug prosecutions like moths to a flame. They never seem to learn, despite charring their wings. Thirty years ago it might have been possible to build a political career on the back of drug prosecutions, but no more.

Study: Patients Drop ‘Benzo’ Pharmaceuticals with MMJ
The orange glow of an I-502 cultivation site in Washington state.An observational study from Canabo Medical Inc. found that 40 percent of patients prescribed medical cannabis to treat pain and anxiety stopped using benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, within 90 days and the percentage increased 45 percent within a year of cannabis treatment. The data was drawn from more than 1,500 patients in Canada where Canabo […]

The difference between a policy and a crusade is that a policy is judged by its results, while a crusade is judged by how good it makes its crusaders feel.
-- Thomas Sowell

Milestone study shows dramatic reduction in pharmaceutical reliance among Canadian medical cannabis patients

Quote DdC: The status quo Beauregard Sessions Preferred Treatment of a 4 yr old girl using cannabis for Epileptic seizures is to take her from her parents and feed her Aptiom. While the 1952 Webster's Dictionary states Cannabis has been used medicinally for Spasms. It made liitle sense how the DEA could maintain no medicinal value. That determines its scheduling status. That is the base for every cop and doctor policy. Obama simply lowered the enforcement priority that Sessions is trying to repeal and make the old lame unfounded case of causing crime and violence. The only crime is prohibition, as well as the causal connection to most of the violence.

Sessions Moves to Roll Back Civil Rights

I don't know of anyone who can make a dollar go further than policemen and dry agents. By frugality, after a year in the service, they acquire automobiles and diamonds. -
- Rev. Marna S. Poulson,
superintendent of the New Jersey Anti-Saloon League,
in a May 1925 address to a prohibition rally in Atlantic City,
as reported in the New York Times and the
Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings of 1926
on National Prohibition.

Stupid is as Stupid does... Beauregard.

Municipal legal adjustments appear more about the money saved by decriminalization than humane treatment of citizens by their government:

APR 9, 2017 — …Kansas City is just the latest major city in the U.S. to adopt more progressive laws to deal with marijuana use. Houston, Memphis, Nashville, Tampa, Orlando, Milwaukee, Toledo, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and other have decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana.[…]

According to Chris Goldstein of Philly NORML, Philadelphia has saved $9 million in public safety costs since it decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Ignorant Jeff. Miner's Lullaby Drug Overdoses & MMJ

Egregious and Well-Chronicled Abuses of Civil Asset Forfeiture

Marijuana saves a California town:

…Desert Hot Springs, a city of 28,000 people that has struggled in the shadow of Palm Springs for decades. As the city tilted toward municipal bankruptcy in 2014, it decided to embrace marijuana as a revenue source. Voters approved local ballot measures allowing the city to tax marijuana dispensaries and growing operations, and the city reclaimed a vast tract of mostly vacant industrial land to allow indoor marijuana cultivation.

Last year, Colorado pot retailers raked in $996 million in sales and turned over more than $135 million in taxes and fees to the state, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue.

California’s Pot Makes More Money Than the Next 5 Largest Crops Combined

Make That $1.2 Billion and Rising:
Colorado Marijuana Sales Keep Climbing

Report: Legal Marijuana Industry Has Created 123,000 Full-Time Jobs

Got Hemp?

“I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.”
– Tolstoy


Ignorant Jeff Excluding the National Commission on Forensic Science



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Disturbing piece in the Washington post by Sari Horwitz:

How Jeff Sessions wants to bring back the war on drugs

Renewing the drug war? dwr

This article focuses not just on Sessions, but also Stephen Cook.

Steven H. Cook, a former street cop who became a federal prosecutor based in Knoxville, Tenn., saw nothing wrong with how the system worked — not the life sentences for drug charges, not the huge growth of the prison population. And he went everywhere — Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News, congressional hearings, public panels — to spread a different gospel.

“The federal criminal justice system simply is not broken. In fact, it’s working exactly as designed,” Cook said at a criminal justice panel at The Washington Post last year. […]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has brought Cook into his inner circle at the Justice Department, appointing him to be one of his top lieutenants to help undo the criminal justice policies of Obama and former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. As Sessions has traveled to different cities to preach his tough-on-crime philosophy, Cook has been at his side.

Sessions has yet to announce specific policy changes, but Cook’s new perch speaks volumes about where the Justice Department is headed.

I would like to believe that we have accomplished enough in recent years in a bipartisan effort to increase awareness of the need for criminal justice reform and to point out the destructive aspects of the war on drugs that simply putting people like Sessions and Cook in power wouldn’t be enough to undo that work.

But it makes it clear, unfortunately, that we can’t assume progress will continue uninterrupted.

Quote DdC: Cost to the people or wasted funding on the drug war has no literal meaning to the Neocons waging the drug war. To them it is called profits. The trillion we think of as wasted since Nixon are all going into the pockets of the war mongers waging this war on its own citizens. While the MSM is a subsidiary of the same corporate profiteers with many products in jeopardy from Cannabis.Right and Wrong are decided by the bottom line, not quality of life.

Until that sinks in, its all bickering and facts are what you force the people to believe, not Science. We the people made the beast and only we the people can put it on a diet. As long as we buy their crap they will continue selling it. We have an alternative and we have proof it was eliminated through lies and fascist legislation to this day. If the people are that gullible then the war will continue.

When the people lead, the leaders will follow.

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Everytime i'm unfortunate enough to be caught watching Sessions, i see the sick twisted little man who can hardly contain himself, he seeths with so much racist hatred. To think these republicans are so bold as to appoint this guy , in effect to give a middle finger in the name of white power to nearly half the US population

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Ignorant Jeff ‘surprised’ Americans aren’t embracing him

How many "crimes" have corporations
paying Congress to exclude reality, for profits?

In reality these are the people terrorizing Americans, for profit. The government in lock step with these slimy corporations. Wasting over a trillion dollars and stigmatizing Millions of Americans with arrest records. For profit. Inhaling or not. Kids stopping seizures and they advocate to put the parents in jail. Forfeitures, confiscations, overtime pay... and citizens pay for it. Selling America out. Bob Barr stopped the DC votes from being counted to thwart legalization. Paul Ryan blocked any new legislation concerning cannabis.

Media continues to censor any positive info and quick to pass gossip or infer wrong doing or unsafe conditions. All for profits. Its always been about greed. The flag jerkers and bible clutchers are in the front lines advocating Americans suffer, for corporate profits they'll never see. How can anyone keep a straight face rooting for the home team? How can a cop or politician not stand up and face the enemies threatening harm to Americans? Knowing they are only protecting profits. Riding the Gravy Train through the heart of America. disgUSting.


Cannabis Gives 4-Year-Old a Shot at Life
After Family's Cross-Country Move

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Park City man denied lung transplant in Utah because of traces of marijuana dies
The University of Utah decides a man’s fate for marijuana use; a delay in transplanting a lung sends him to Philadelphia for the operation where he ultimately dies of complications:

.The Kaiser Permanente study
"Marijuana Use and Mortality" April 1997 American Journal of Public Health"."Relatively few adverse clinical effects from the chronic use of marijuana have been documented in humans. However, the criminalization of marijuana use may itself be a health hazard, since it may expose the users to violence and criminal activity."

Family says hospital wouldn't give teen lung transplant over pot

The USA Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy 1987
"Cannabis can be used on an episodic but continual basis without evidence of social or psychic dysfunction. In many users the term dependence with its obvious connotations, probably is mis-applied... The chief opposition to the drug rests on a moral and political, and not toxicologic, foundation".

California Woman Denied Essential Heart Transplant
Because She Uses MMJ

The Economist March 28th 1992:
"Medicines often produce side effects.
Sometimes they are physically unpleasant.
Cannabis too has discomforting side effects,
but these are not physical, they are political"

Hospitals Deny Patients Organ Transplants for Smoking Weed

The Heartlessness of Dying for Prohibition

"From time to time, I say that the suppression of medical marijuana is murder. This is not quite correct. It is actually mass murder. It has caused the deaths of countless thousands of people."
~ the Financial Times Limited, 1998
(Ed. note: The FT is the London equivalent of the Wall Street Journal. This drug could be patented, so it is of interest to the financial community.)

Everyone Who’s Died Of A Marijuana Overdose
In 2006, a study in American Scientist compared the relative toxicity of marijuana to other commonly used substances, including some legal ones. It found that just 10 times the effective dose of alcohol and five times the effective dose of heroin could be enough to cause death in humans. Marijuana ranked among the least toxic drugs.

White House Taps Big Pharma-Loving, Pot-Hating Drug Czar

Homeland Security Chief:
We’ll Absolutely Deport People for Marijuana

The Racist Ganjawar
Nixon's Re-Inventing Jim Crow,
Targeting Blacks & The Counter Culture

"Look, we understood we couldn't make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue...that we couldn't resist it."
- John Ehrlichman,
White House counsel to President Nixon
on the rationale of the War on Drugs.

"The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to. Nixon emphasized that you have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks"
H.R. "Bob" Haldeman,
President Richard M. Nixon's White House chief of staff

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"It's not what you look at that matters,
it's what you see". ~ H.D. Thoreau

Heroin Epidemic Is Driving A Spike In Hepatitis C Cases, CDC Says

Hepatitis C
– Medical Marijuana Research Overview

Research suggests that cannabis has the potential of offering therapeutic benefits to patients with HCV and other liver diseases (Mallat, et al., 2011). The two major cannabinoids found in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) bind with or influence the cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) of the endocannabinoid system within the body. CB2 receptor activation has demonstrated anti-inflammatory and beneficial effects on alcoholic fatty liver, hepatic inflammation, liver injury, regeneration and fibrosis. A research review determined that the cannabinoids found within cannabis look to tame aspects of chronic liver disease (Zamora-Valdes, et al., 2005). One study found that cannabinoids’ anti-inflammatory properties effectively reduce inflammation of a damaged liver and researchers therefore suggested that cannabis could be developed as a potential drug for hepatitis (Lavon, et al., 2003).

Hepatitis C
Recent Research on Medical Marijuana
Patients diagnosed with hepatitis C frequently report using cannabis to treat both symptoms of the disease as well as the nausea associated with antiviral therapy.

Is Marijuana Effective for Treating
the Side Effects of Hepatitis C Medication?

(Cannabis) may be particularly effective at reducing nausea associated with the medications used to treat the virus. A few studies have credited cannabis use with stricter adherence to treatment protocols. These studies have presented the idea that reducing the unpleasant side effects makes the antiviral medications more tolerable. This way, more people will finish the full course. In turn, people experience better outcomes.

Wake Up!

Jeff Sessions Makes Ignorant Comments
on Marijuana and Opioid Abuse

Ignorant Jeff. Miner's Lullaby Drug Overdoses & MMJ

Legalizing Marijuana Decreases Fatal Opiate Overdoses

Fewer Opioid Prescriptions

Experts at Pennsylvania conference say
cannabis can help fight opioid epidemic

Dr. Adie Poe Believes Cannabis is America's Best Weapon
in the Fight Against Opioid Abuse

Legalizing Marijuana Decreases Fatal Opiate Overdoses

Legal Marijuana Linked to Fewer Opioid Prescriptions

"I often have the suspicion that everything that we do in the name of stopping the drug problem is the drug problem. It's not just the laws but the whole mentality that sees drugs as the problem and tries to fight them. By doing that I think we've made it all worse."
Dr. Andrew Weil - The Natural Mind

Trumpcare Will Make the Opioid Crisis Worse
Many of the states that voted Trump into office are among the hardest hit by the opioid epidemic—and are the most dependent on Obamacare for substance abuse treatment. The maps below, produced by the US Department of Health and Human Services in the last days of the Obama administration, show this overlap: Red states on the left have the highest overdose rates per capita; red states on the right have the highest rate of residents who would lose coverage if Obamacare is repealed.

Congressional committee investigates DEA role in opioid crisis
A congressional committee Tuesday opened an investigation into the Drug Enforcement Administration's slowdown of enforcement efforts in the face of a national opioid epidemic and demanded to know why drug distributors had shipped hundreds of millions of painkillers to communities in West Virginia.

ONDCP with the DEA and NIDA statutory responsibilities, which include taking such actions as necessary to oppose efforts to legalize certain controlled substances such as marijuana.
Drug Czar is Required by Law to Lie dwr

Woman's skin 'melts off' after medication error

Drug Worriers preferred methods of treatment…

Report links painkillers to increased risk of heart attack

Cannabinoids Protect the Brain and Heart.
Get Over It!

Quote Steve Hager: "We have spent over a trillion dollars
DdC - Prohibitionists, police, prisons lawyers, urine testers
have received the trillion+ dollars

trying to eradicate the world's most beneficial plant off the face of the earth.
How many "crimes" do Corporations Buy?
Imagine what a better world this would be
if that money had been spent on treatment
Treating misery they create eliminating competition.
education and studying the medical benefits of marijuana."
Cannabis Research Funding Banned in 74
after discovering it shrank brain tumors.
No profit in cures or prevention.

Egregious and Well-Chronicled Abuses
of Civil Asset Forfeiture

Policing for Profit

Trump Names Appointees
to Commission Combating Drug Addiction

Christie Cooper Bertha Baker Kennedy

Prohibition Inc.
Stupid Patrick Project ScAM & STRAIGHT, INC Terrorist Cartels
Wasting Obesity on Ganja
NJ Guv Christ Christie, 48, Hospitalized for Asthma/Obesity

Trump Reserves Right to Ignore
Federal MMJ Protections in $1 Trillion Spending Bill

U.S. resident Donald Trump speaks before a crowd of supporters in 2016.In a move that could lower Donald J. Trump’s popularity even further with cannabis supporters, the president signed his first piece of major legislation last Friday — a $1 trillion spending bill that prevented a federal government shutdown — but with his signature he also included the reservation that he may ignore medical cannabis protections […]

The Post’s series on the
financial and human toll of the war on drugs

Cannabis Business Summit & Expo
Keynote Speaker: Vicente Fox
Former President of Mexico & President of Coca-Cola Latin America

Sessions weighs return to harsher punishments for low-level drug crimes

How Jeff Sessions wants to bring back the war on drugs

The DEA scheduling system has no scientific basis at all

“…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana
is its effect on the degenerate races.”
Harry J. Anslinger

Trump administration hollows out EPA science integrity board

Life Expectancy Is Lower in Some Parts of U.S.
Than Iraq, the Philippines and North Korea

The leader of the Senate doesn't seem to notice...

Kentucky Is Home to the Greatest Declines in Life Expectancy

We cannot, by total reliance on law, escape the duty to judge right and wrong… There are good laws and there are occasionally bad laws, and it conforms to the highest traditions of a free society to offer resistance to bad laws, and to disobey them.
— Constitutional scholar Alexander Bickel

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